Botanical Gardens (Jardin des Plantes)
| ||57 rue Cuvier|
|Open : ||Botanical gardens: every day from 8.00 to 17.30.|
Botanical school : every day from 8.00 to 12.50 and from 13.30 to 17.00
|Close : ||Botanical school: All public holidays. |
Weekends. From October 1, 2004 to March 31, 2005.
Austerlitz (ligne 5), Censier Daubenton (ligne 7), Jussieu ou Gare d'Austerlitz (ligne 10)
|RER : ||RERC Gare d'Austerlitz|
|Bus : ||Lignes 24, 57, 61,63, 67, 89 et 91 - Batobus : arrÃªt Jardin des Plantes|
This garden covers 235,000 sq. metres, and includes a botanical garden, a flower garden, a botanical school, the large maze, and an alpine garden of more than 4,000 sq. metres and 2,000 mountain plants, several greenhouses and a zoo.
17th century: The botanical garden, descended from the Royal Garden of Medicinal Herbes, was created in 1635 by Guy Labrosse, Louis XIIIâ€™s personal doctor. In 1640, it was the first garden to be opened to the public. Under the management of Buffon, the three brother botanists Jussieu and Daubenton, the garden became a major scientific research pole.
18th century: Following the French Revolution, the gardens also housed the National Musueum of Natural History as well as the collection of animals from Versailles. The zoo consisted of more than 100 animals.
19th century-20th century: The glasshouses and galleries were built during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Source : Mairie de Paris
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